2016 Reflections/ The Best is Yet to Come

Happy 2017! I'm a little bit behind on the commemorative post on 2016 but it's better late than never. Usually, most years not a whole lot changes for me, however, 2016 was quite the wild ride, to say the least. In May, I graduated from college in four years with a degree in communication and a minor in journalism.

Shortly after graduation, I tried living in New York while completing an internship at an advertising agency. Although many aspects of my time there were very challenging, I consider this to be one of the most transformative times in my life so far. I started running almost every day, became a vegetarian and my interest in photography really took off. I also met some amazing people along the way, which I'll never forget! 

Williamsburg in Brooklyn, a place that was home for a bit. 

Kassala, Austin and I enjoying a sunset on a NYC rooftop last June. 

Kassala, Austin and I enjoying a sunset on a NYC rooftop last June. 

After returning back home to Montana at the end of August I spent about two weeks in my hometown hanging with my family. It was nice to hang out with my little brother Ethan before he left for Air Force basic training as he would be unreachable for the next few months. Next, I made an extended cruise across the state to Missoula stopping in Yellowstone National Park and hanging out with the wonderful Thayer Janes for the first time. :) 

After settling in Missoula, I took my first "solo" road trip in September. I'll be the first to admit it, I'm not the best driver in the world. I get really anxious behind the wheel and sometimes panic! My job didn't start until mid-September so I drove myself to the Pacific Northwest. I'm also one of those people that pictures myself breaking down on the side of the road with no service and then someone tries to murder me! Yes, I'm very melodramatic. The drive went well and on the way there I stopped in Spokane to take photos with a friend and then spent the next ten days spending time with friends and exploring. It was just what I needed before starting my temporary job as an events coordinator and social media manager.

During my solo road trip, one of my best friends from high school Hanna and I went to Portland for the first time together. We mostly ate a lot from the food trucks and thrift shopped. Mission accomplished. 

During my solo road trip, one of my best friends from high school Hanna and I went to Portland for the first time together. We mostly ate a lot from the food trucks and thrift shopped. Mission accomplished. 

The next few months were spent working, exploring and making plans for 2017. Not gonna lie, this year has been a time of transition. I'm no longer a college student but haven't quite figured out my "professional" path yet. This year was full of change externally and internally. I've grown a lot as a person and will continue to well through 2017. In roughly one month exactly, I will embark on my next adventure.  I will be spending almost a month with my family in Europe and then meeting Thayer in Bali in March.  We will explore the little island in Indonesia and hike around New Zealand. It doesn't quite feel real yet, I'm SO excited and can't wait to document our adventures. 

Best wishes to all for 2017. It's gonna be a good one. 

A few of my 2016 favorites: 

November: The Grand Tetons with Thayer and of course, Nelson. 

November: The Grand Tetons with Thayer and of course, Nelson. 

August: Ethan visited me in NYC. We were tourists, traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw Drake live. 

August: Ethan visited me in NYC. We were tourists, traveled to Washington, D.C., and saw Drake live. 

June: My friend Kassala and I rented a car and drove to Portland, Maine for a weekend from New York.  

June: My friend Kassala and I rented a car and drove to Portland, Maine for a weekend from New York.  

December: My family and I spent Christmas in Palm Desert, California. We also traveled to Santa Monica and played in the California sunshine.  

December: My family and I spent Christmas in Palm Desert, California. We also traveled to Santa Monica and played in the California sunshine.  

September: Adventuring to Diablo Lake in Washington with my childhood friend Jordan. 

September: Adventuring to Diablo Lake in Washington with my childhood friend Jordan. 

May: Relaxing at Swan Lake with my best friend Alex for a few days after graduation. 

May: Relaxing at Swan Lake with my best friend Alex for a few days after graduation. 

July: Exploring the streets in the New York heat with my Brooklyn roommate Morissa. On this day, we unintentionally walked 15 miles.

July: Exploring the streets in the New York heat with my Brooklyn roommate Morissa. On this day, we unintentionally walked 15 miles.